International Trade

  • April 9, 2009

    Steelmakers Target China In Anti-Dumping Petition

    Seven U.S. steel companies and the United Steelworkers union have lodged an anti-dumping and countervailing duty trade case against China imports, alleging that Chinese steelworkers have unfairly dumped tubular and pipe steel.

  • April 9, 2009

    Lutron Takes Dimmer Switch Patent Suit To ITC

    Light-switch maker Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. has filed a complaint against Universal Smart Electric Corp. with the U.S. International Trade Commission, accusing the California-based company of importing dimmer switches that infringe two of Lutron's patents and one trademark.

  • April 7, 2009

    ITC Upholds Sucralose Ruling Against Tate & Lyle

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has upheld a decision clearing most of the companies British sugar producer Tate & Lyle PLC accused of infringing patents for technology used to make sucralose, a leading artificial sweetener in the U.S.

  • April 7, 2009

    $70M Settles Samsung, Spansion Memory Patent Spat

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will pay newly bankrupt rival Spansion LLC $70 million to settle flash memory technology patent infringement complaints in federal court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • April 7, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Gives ITC Go-Ahead In Agere Patent Probe

    A federal appeals court has allowed the U.S. International Trade Commission to continue its probe into the alleged infringement of an Agere Systems Inc. patent, rejecting claims by Cypress Semiconductor Corp. that the ITC abused its discretion in investigating the issue.

  • April 23, 2009

    Program For Patent Judges Could Cut Case Delays

    A pilot program allowing for some federal judges to sharpen their expertise in patent law could help whittle down pending cases and speed up patent litigation — a process that practitioners say has become painfully slow.

  • April 2, 2009

    LSI, Cypress Strike Deal Over Semiconductor Patent

    LSI Corp. and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. have asked a federal judge to temporarily lift a stay and dismiss Cypress from a patent suit brought by LSI accusing a slew of semiconductor companies of infringing a computer chip coating method.

  • April 3, 2009

    ITC Judge Finds Sinochem Infringed Coolant Patent

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has upheld an earlier finding that Sinochem Modern Environmental Protection Chemicals (Xi'an) Co. Ltd. imported refrigerants that infringed INEOS Fluor Holdings Ltd.’s patent covering a manufacturing process for coolant.

  • April 1, 2009

    Professor's Complaint Spurs LED Investigation By ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has begun an investigation of light-emitting diode chips and laser diode chips made by six companies based in China and Taiwan, after receiving a patent infringement complaint from a retired Columbia University professor who has asserted her LED patents against numerous other companies in recent years.

  • March 31, 2009

    Saxon, HTC Settle Cell Phone Patent Spat

    Patent licenser Saxon Innovations LLC has settled its suit against cell phone maker High Tech Computer Corp. over four patents covering wireless communications and computer chip functions, leaving a handful of electronics heavies still litigating with Saxon.

  • March 30, 2009

    TomTom To Pay Microsoft In Navigation Patent Deal

    Putting to rest multiple patent infringement suits lodged over the matter, Microsoft Corp. and TomTom NV have reached a settlement under which the navigation technology company will pay an undisclosed sum to use certain file management and navigation patents.

  • March 30, 2009

    WIPO Panel Calls For Clarity In Privilege Laws

    The lack of uniformity in national laws and practices governing privileged communications between intellectual property advisers and their clients is causing clients to risk loss of confidentiality and of privilege in countries where privilege exists, a committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization has found.

  • March 25, 2009

    Sharp Appeals LCD Ruling In Battle With Samsung

    Sharp Corp. has reportedly appealed a loss it suffered at the hands of a Tokyo court in one of the company's many patent battles with Samsung Electronics Co. spread around the world related to liquid crystal display products.

  • March 26, 2009

    ITC To Investigate Samsung In Wireless Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint alleging Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s BlackJack smartphone infringes patents belonging to patent-holding company Saxon Innovations LLC.

  • March 24, 2009

    HP Settles Ink Cartridge Patent Dispute Out Of Court

    Hewlett-Packard Co. settled a patent infringement dispute with Ninestar Technology Co. Ltd. over ink cartridge parts on Tuesday, marking the second time HP has forced the printer accessories manufacturer to pony up for similar technology, this time out of court.

  • March 19, 2009

    ITC Eyes Kodak Cameras Over Samsung IP Claims

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether Eastman Kodak Co.’s handheld digital cameras infringe two patents held by Korea-based electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

  • March 20, 2009

    Microsoft Streets & Trips Infringes 4 Patents: TomTom

    TomTom Global Assets BV has filed a suit alleging Microsoft Corp.'s Streets & Trips software infringes four navigation-related patents, less than a month after Microsoft filed complaints against TomTom NV in district court and the U.S. International Trade Commission over several of the software giant's patents.

  • March 19, 2009

    Bill Would Lower Tariffs On Imported Ethanol

    A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would reduce the tariffs on imported ethanol and ensure parity with the nation’s ethanol blender subsidy.

  • March 18, 2009

    IP Suits Continue Downward Trend In 2008: Report

    Marking a steady drop in cases over the years, filings of intellectual property lawsuits continued to decline in U.S. district courts in 2008, according to statistical data on U.S. district and appeals courts.

  • March 13, 2009

    USPTO Deals Funai Setback In DTV Patent Re-Exam

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a second rejection of all claims for one of two patents at the center of an infringement dispute between digital television rivals Vizio Inc. and Funai Electronics Co. Ltd.